The Nungua Senior High School in Accra has held its 34th speech and prize giving day with a call on parents to invest in their children’s education.
The event, held on Saturday, had the theme, “Promoting quality education through community participation: our example, our future.”
The Guest Speaker, Mr. Ashidan Mensah, Managing Director of the State Insurance Corporation (SIC), urged parents to make judicious use of their resources by investing in the welfare of their children through quality education.
He also urged teachers to create a serene and enabling environment for effective teaching and learning.
“Education affords one the passport for the future; it empowers our youths to appreciate life,” he added.
Mr. Ashidan, however said one challenge that had inhibited the growth of the school was the fact that land which was bequeathed to it had been taken over by individuals and private developers.
He bemoaned the traditional authorities’ inability to take steps to reclaim the land for the school.
The growth and expansion of the school, he said, depended on the ability to reclaim its land, and therefore, called on the Nungua Traditional Council to help in addressing the problem.
He thanked the teachers who in spite of limited facilities have given of their best to ensure that students pass their exams.
“It is for this reason that I urge you all to join me in entreating our government to provide the school with a deserving science laboratory,” he said.
Ms. Cecilia A. Boateng, Headmistress of the school, said the biggest challenge facing the school remained infrastructure, citing inadequate classrooms to accommodate the increasing number of students..
She said although the government had intervened by providing and expanding the existing classroom blocks, there was need for more infrastructure to enable the school to meet the increasing demand.
“This bane has prevented school management from admitting the otherwise large number of qualified JSS graduates who besiege our premises yearly for admission”, she said.
Ms. Boateng also disclosed that Nungua Senior High School was the only school in the Greater Accra Region which had no accommodation for its staff as only four out of 107 staff lived on the school compound.
On academic performance, she said the school continued to make modest gains as it recorded 99.03 percentage pass in the WASSCE this year.
“We are not resting on our oars and it is our conviction that with continued hard work, we can continue to change the fortunes of the school,” she noted.
Mr. Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo, Greater Accra Regional minister, who was the special guest, commended the staff and management of the school for the contribution made towards the upbringing of the youth.
“It is an undeniable fact that the goal of involving community participation in education is to improve the delivery of education so that our youths learn better and are well prepared for the challenging world,” he noted.
According to him, government, if retained after the December election, would also review the computer school selection programme to make it more effective and equitable.
By Dennis Kwame Amegede